Camden County High School took sole possession of first place in Region 3-AAAAA by defeating Bradwell Institute, 18-4, Wednesday night in Hinesville. The Wildcats scored 18 runs off of 17 hits.
Bradwell dropped to 13-6 overall and 11-2 in Region 3-AAAAA, tying with Jenkins for second place in the region.
The Tigers still can earn a home playoff berth if they win their final five region games.
The Tigers host Beach today and travel to Savannah next Tuesday for a crucial game with Jenkins.
Bradwell currently is without three starters — Alton Malpass, Cody Hill and Eric Wells — due to injuries.
On Wednesday, Camden County got started early against starter Mitch Rogers, forging a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Wildcats upped their advantage to 7-0 in the third on an RBI double, a two-run home run and a solo homer. Jacob Dill relieved Rogers and got the Tigers out of the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Leonard Felton was hit by a pitch with two outs and Chris Rafferty doubled to score Felton. Josh Driggers walked and later scored off of a single from Dill, and Garrett McCorkle doubled as Bradwell pulled to within 7-4. But that was as close as the Tigers would get.
Camden County added four runs in the fifth, two more in the sixth and four in the seventh inning to seal the win.
Rogers worked 2 1⁄3 innings, giving up seven earned runs off of seven hits and striking out one. Dill faced 29 batters, struck out four and gave up nine runs off of 10 hits.
Rafferty and Dill each had a hit and an RBI for Bradwell. McCorkle, Rogers, Driggers and Matt Brown had one hit each.
Only a day earlier, the Tigers had little trouble dispatching Windsor Forest. Bradwell beat the Knights, 17-7, in six innings.
After Windsor Forest went up, 1-0, in the first inning, Felton got the ball rolling for Bradwell with a double. Rafferty singled in Felton and moved to third on a single from Eric Wells. Dill’s sacrifice fly scored Rafferty, and McCorkle doubled in Wells. After Driggers was intentionally walked, Rogers doubled to score McCorkle, and Brown singled in another run. He scored on a wild pitch to put BI up, 6-0.
In the third inning, the Knights added two more runs off an infield error and an RBI single. The Tigers answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning by adding two more runs to go up, 8-3. The Tigers scored nine runs to end the game in six innings.
Wells pitched 4 1⁄3 innings. He faced 24 batters, allowing four runs. Wells walked four and struck out seven before getting hit with a ball and leaving the game.
Adam Corwin closed out the game, allowing two earned runs and one unearned in 1 2⁄3 innings.